Plea for year of free Wendy's chicken nuggets becomes most retweeted ever

Before Ellen, Wilkerson was just a guy wanting free food.

Carter Wilkerson, 16, reached 3.441 million retweets on Tuesday morning to pass DeGeneres' record of 3.430 million.

The record for the most retweeted tweet ever was previously held by Ellen's famous Oscar selfie which packed a bunch of stars into a selfie.

While he's still nowhere near that 18-million retweet milestone Wendy's set for "a year of free chicken nuggets", the company has (kind of) confirmed that he'll get a few nuggs.

Carter appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show, where she attempted to persuade him to end his pursuit of the record by offering him a 55-inch television and a year's supply of Ellen underwear.

At least he can eat his way through the loss.

He sent a tweet asking Wendys how many retweets he'd need for a year's free supply. The food chain replied with an insurmountable 18 million retweets.

Carter Wilkerson shared the news on Twitter Tuesday, thanking everyone who helped him break Ellen's record and also get him some nuggets. But there is nothing in this world that would sway Carter away from his love for those tender chicken nuggets.

Not only that, but his followers have increased from 138 on April 1 to over 100,000, he is now officially verified on Twitter and the #NuggsForCarter hashtag has a custom emoji featuring a box of Wendy's nuggets. "If you get 18 million somehow, by some miracle, you get 18 million, I'll have another gift for you, but you can't pass me, I have to be above that!"

Naturally there was some good natured rivalry with Ellen while he attempted to steal her title, but admitted he had no agenda as "he just wanted chicken nuggets". And Wendy's pledged to donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption if Wilkerson's tweet broke the record.

It was his fondness for nuggets that inspired Wilkerson to ask Wendy's how many retweets he needed to get free chicken nuggets for a year.

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